We are already counting down 2012!! Christmas music is starting to play and trees are appearing everywhere. Walking in and out of stores I've even noticed people's joyful demeanor. All of us love and value our family time together, decorating the house, and gifts galore...but these next few weeks can really pile on the stress. Many people get sick or just worn down this time of the year. Let's go over some tips that can help you stay your best over the Holidays!

Food Tip:
Take a multi-vitamin and up your daily fruit and vegetables. The more colorful your plate is the more minerals and vitamins you are getting. Choose items that are red, yellow, and orange along with your greens. You will add flavors while keeping your immune system strong. If you are feeling drained or having a few cold symptoms, remember to add vitamin-C or even echinacea to boost your system.

Body Tip: Make sure you're washing your hands frequently. Since we are all out shopping for gifts and food, be
thoughtful of reducing germs.

Rest may be in short supply but don't give this up. Our bodies need an average of 8 hours of rest to keep us energized and healthy.

Workout Tip: Keep up the workouts! Don't wait until the new year to get your body moving. Regular exercise keeps us strong physically and mentally. Taking time for yourself is not selfish. In fact, how can you give 100% if you aren't up to100% to start? Take that 30-60 minutes a day to increase your energy.  This will help to clear your mind and improve your sleep. While shopping for gifts, take an extra lap around the store or just take the stairs to get some extra exercise!  You'll have more to give.

Mind Tip: Take 10 minutes each day to meditate. Never tried before?
Close your eyes and feel your stomach rise and fall as you breath. With each breath think to yourself "I'm breathing in, I'm breathing out". As you continue to do this imagine your mind being like the ocean. All the errands, tasks, and worries are just waves at the surface and you’re deep below where everything is calm and still. You are more than these stresses.

Last Resort Tip: If all else fails, fake it until you make it!!!

Rebecca Bordelon, CPT

12/3/2012 11:40:47 pm

Last Resort Tip: If all else fails, fake it until you make it!!!--
SO TRUE! I should remind myself that one lapse is just one lapse and not an excuse to go crazy :)
thanks, Rebecca!


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